I wish you all a pleasant holiday, a safe 2006, and that you may get joy
> from that smile you'll get when you present somebody with that piece
> you've built for them.
Why not have a bit of fun to end the year?
Want to have some fun this CHRISTMAS? Send the ACLU a CHRISTMAS CARD!
As they are working so very hard to get rid of the CHRISTMAS part of this
holiday, we should all send them a nice, CHRISTIAN, card to brighten up
their dark, sad, little world.
Make sure it says "Merry Christmas" on it.
Here's the Address, just don't be rude or crude. (It's Not the Christian Way
125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
First neat thing my Sister-in-Law has ever forwarded.
Thanks Rob, and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone out there
too. This is indeed a great group. I've learned a lot here, and look
forward to contributing when I get a bit more skilled. Have a happy and
This is absolutely untrue. The American Civil Liberties Union devoted to the
protection of individual citizens under the Bill of Rights as guaranteed by
the Constitution of the United States members are mostly Christians
themselves. They are in no way trying to get rid of Christmas nor
Which of your civil liberties would you be willing to surrender?
we should all send them a nice, CHRISTIAN, card to brighten up
Actually I did some research on the issue of the ACLU "War on Christmas" and
found this story:
Last December, a group called Public Advocate for the United States (which
claims to defend America's traditional family values) sent some Christmas
carolers over to sing in front of the ACLU offices in Washington.
Carrying signs reading "Merry Christmas" and "Please Don't Sue Us!" - they
also seem to have carried with them some rather strange imaginings about an
assault on Christmas. I don't know what the carolers thought might happen.
To tell the truth, the ACLU is not often serenaded by Christmas carolers. So
it was with some excitement that the staff went outside and joined in the
singing. They brought with them cookies and warm drinks to share. One staff
member, who is an ordained Baptist minister, did a little witnessing about
his faith to some astonished proponents of family values.
Fox News did broadcast the event (as a part of its "war against Christmas"
campaign). Although the visiting singers were shown, the cameras failed to
include any footage showing that everyone had participated in the caroling.
Rather than reporting the facts, the anchor preferred the propaganda: "We
believe the ACLU heard the message loud and clear, but they don't care."
The battle cries
This year, several groups are once again introducing the Christmas season
with some heated and misleading military rhetoric. Some declare, "There is a
war against Christmas!" One group launched a "Friend or Foe Christmas
Campaign." One particularly bizarre charge is that there is "a thorough and
virulent anti-Christmas campaign." Without a shred of evidence, they pretend
that there is an effort afoot to remove "God" from the Declaration of
Independence. Two groups even announced that they have assembled hundreds of
lawyers to protect Christmas against this imaginary threat.
Make no mistake about it. These warrior-lawyers are not asking us to love
our neighbors (and certainly not our enemies), nor to turn the other cheek,
nor to be peacemakers, nor to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's.
Nor is this a joyful effort to encourage the Christmas spirit in the
millions of places where it can be promoted without any conflict: in
people's hearts, in their homes, with families, in churches, or with friend
No, this is a campaign of military-infused rhetoric demanding that everyone
accept one politically correct version of "Christmas."
For example, this year in Boston - the same city where Puritans once
prohibited the pagan-inspired "Christmas tree" - the new Puritans now demand
that the city call its evergreen spruce a "Christmas tree," and they
threatened a lawsuit if the city didn't comply.
Another group charges that there is a "campaign of fear, intimidation, and
disinformation" against seasonal symbols in Raleigh, N.C. - and they offer
to provide a defense for the city against any threatened lawsuit. Yet they
give no evidence that anyone is threatening a lawsuit. Before accusing
others of engaging in "disinformation," perhaps these Christmas warriors
should first take a look in the mirror.
Thanks - even though I'm probably not one of them. ;-)
And a very Merry Christmas to you as well.
But after reading some of the posts which followed your gracious
proclamation of Good Will, as well as some of the other current
threads in the wreck, I must respond thusly:
So the freaking insanity continues. Add another log to the fire that
blazes up from the blackened coals of bias - consuming and polarizing
our society. The ludicrous sniping and propaganda which saturates
this country with the bile of hostility, and which originates from
both political camps concerning just about every damned aspect of
modern life, is sickening at best. And a grand distraction of time,
effort, and monumental consequences at it's worst.
This ubiquitous bipolar bitterness shames me as an American Citizen.
A spoiled bunch of whining narcissists who have had it better than
most of the world for generations - who not only don't appreciate that
fact, but have seemingly cast aside the common sense to nurture it.
Rabid finger pointing and hypercritical obsession over the most
trivial of things - instead of problem solving and genuine solutions.
Flaring tempers and vehement rhetoric devoid of reason are not the
tools you use to build a grand article of furniture, nor are they of
any more use in building and managing a grand homeland.
This is a country made up of many religions, races, and backgrounds.
It is not owned by any one segment of the population any more than it
should be governed by any one faction. It is a fair and equitable
place where people should want to live in Harmony and Peace, free to
worship whatever religion they chose. As long as you aren't being
threatened with a club or watching your rights or chattel vanish over
the next hill, it's not your concern how another lives or worships.
The diversity and creativity of America's population is a major factor
that made it a shining beacon to the world as the land of Freedom.
But the smokescreen of polarization is tearing this country down.
Worse than roving bands of thieves in the dark forest, these people
are stealing our ability to effect social change, to solve real
problems, and even to simply get along with our neighbors.
Lemmings who have to paint everything in life either Red or Blue.
But just as it's been throughout the eon, the actual truth lies
somewhere between the two captious extremes.
Truth - it is the White which separates the Red and Blue.
As for the ACLU, they are not anti-Christian. In 2002 Jerry Falwell
teamed up with the "anti-Christ" ACLU to help secure the religious
freedoms of Christians in Virginia.
ACLU also assisted Pat Robertson's son to set up Churches, by
challenging an ordinance that prohibited Churches on certain
properties. They also protected the civil rights of a Christian Church
that wanted to baptize it's members in a public river.
What IS true is that they have sued for the removal of overt religious
artifacts from government grounds. As per our Constitution. Besides,
explain to me what meaning the act of swearing upon a Christian bible
to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" has to
a Muslim or Buddhist?
But as with everything else these days, this is expanded upon by
creative spin-meisters and stupid administrators to include the
banning of Christmas Cards exchanged by students at public schools,
and the removal of private nativity displays. I can find no evidence
that the ACLU has ever undertaken any such crusades. A public school
cannot coerce or sanction such exchanges, but students who might
exchange cards celebrating whatever religious beliefs they may have
are not restrained. And neither are private displays of religious
beliefs. This would be a violation of our right to free expression.
It's not a monochromatic world out there, it's Technicolor. And not
many of us want to march lock-step to any particular brand of
segregation, nor want it rammed down our throats. We want to live out
our lives, free and unfettered by the mantra of hatred - especially
when inspired by the lust for gold or acclaim. But row by row we
continue to sow the seeds of resentment and bigotry. And the yield of
this crop is social unrest. We inch another step towards resembling,
more than anything, the extremists in Iraq with each passing day.
Liberal this, and Neo-Con that. Christian this, and Muslim that.
Us vs. Them. Like it or not, the Crusades are over. The hate-mongers
can't even shut-up long enough to celebrate a holiday season that, for
Christians, should represent peace, love, and understanding.
What would Jesus say about this?
Can't you give it a rest for one day?
After all, isn't that what Christmas is about?
Live Long and Prosper! ;-)
Nobody anywhere is prohibiting any American from
saying Merry Christmas. The words "Merry Christmas" is being exchanged
across the USA by the multi millions.
Please tell me where or when you have not been able to say "Merry Christmas"
to anyone please tell us where or when it happened to you.
All The Way,
O what fun it is to
in a bick-er-ing news group PLONK !!!!!!!
Heh-hee! Oh come on, you guys have a Merry Christmas!
Tom in KY, Plonking through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh, over
the fields we go PLONKING all the way- PLONK- PLONK- PLONK!!!!!!
On 12/24/2005 11:21 PM Greg G. mumbled something about the following:
Thanks. I'm keeping this to use as a response too all those family
members who keep sending me all this religious crap about christmas and
how it's being taken away.
Happy Yule/Hannukah/Kwanza/Christmas/whatever holiday you're celebrating.
On Sat, 24 Dec 2005 20:04:27 -0500, with neither quill nor qualm,
Robatoy quickly quoth:
Sooooooo, Rob. Ya gonna sue? That'll teach 'em to mess with you.
No matter how hard you try, you cannot baptize a cat.
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